Knitting in the Winter: Alpaka Tunic

Alpaka Tunic

Pattern: Alpaka Tunic, design by Deborah Newton, from Interweave Knits (Fall 2009)

Yarn: Undyed DK/sport weight merino wool yarn from Kiwi Wool, bought at Lambspun of Colorado many years ago.  I recycled this yarn from DH’s sweater — and since I knitted the original sweater with the yarn doubled, I now have enough yarn for another project.  The yarn is incredibly soft and drapes beautifully; it is the closest thing to cashmere I have ever worked with.  And like cashmere, if you just look at it wrong it pills …

Modifications: I used 6 and 7 needles and a mix of directions for the two smallest sizes  to end up with a tunic that is about 48″ at the hem and ~36″ at bust.  Substituted two rows of seed stitch at neck and sleeve ends, picked up stitches and used short rows to knit on the sleeves, and picked up fewer stitches around the neck to make the opening smaller.

Other thoughts: This was a simple but well-planned pattern, a somewhat mindless but enjoyable project.  It is feminine and pretty, but because of its shape, I think it tends to make everyone look pregnant.